Monday, February 23, 2015

R&R Review Monday: Irony of Time by M.L. Crum


Goodreads Blurb:
"~A sensual novel~ When irony falls upon Miriam… she slams head on into the face of destiny.


Miriam Duvall is followed by a shadow cast over her by irony itself. Feeling reborn and falling in love—all within blissful amnesia—this feisty woman accidentally transcends the rules of time, regaining her memory right at the precipice of the most tragic event in her past. Seizing this opportunity, she looks destiny square in the eye and declares this time around, she’s the one in charge. She proceeds to manipulate the events leading to that fatal accident before it deteriorates the family she dearly loves and hurls her down a guilt-ridden path of self-destruction again.


Her opportunity for redemption knocks in the form of a handsome but mysterious physicist named Dr. Ian Stone. Shrouded in secrets, this man’s whole existence revolves around preventing the moment evil claimed his soul, robbing him of a life worth living. He has spent centuries calculating how to harness an exorbitant amount of energy, wherein making time travel a reality. However, one variable was never factored into his equations: falling in love. His obsession fuels a deep denial, deflecting his true feelings until his heart wins out at the exact moment he loses Miriam back in time.


Their contrasting worlds cohesively collide and repel during a series of climatic events spiraling around a man harboring a dark secret as he travels back in time to fight for a second chance at love, ironically placing this exceptional woman in a position where she must choose between a past life she desperately wants or a future with the man she undeniably loves.


Her slap-the-face-of-destiny decisions could deliver her into heartbreaking sadness or possibly set her on a journey of forgiveness that will reset her soul."




Review:
Thank you to the author, M.L. Crum, for gifting me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This is one of the few books I've read about time travel so maybe it's just my inexperience with the genre.  I just felt as thought everything was murky.  You know how in Throne of Glass, Celaena kept her past a secret and we don't find out much about it until the third book Heir of Fire?  This was like that but there were little hints about Ian's past that are never fully brought to light.  And because this is a stand-along, that was kind of annoying to me.  Ian was just a bit too abstract for me.

I did really enjoy reading about Miriam's journey as she tries to fix what went wrong in her life.  It's truly heart-breaking once you finally get the whole story of Miriam and what she's been through.

This was a quite absorbing book.  Every new plot twist kept me wondering how Miriam and Ian would react and how it would influence the future.

The ending was incredibly satisfying.  Even if you never get the full picture of what exactly Ian's backstory is, it all wraps up very nicely and has that 'probably happily ever after' feel.

The Final Verdict:
Ian is a little too murky although the plotline and Miriam were incredibly fascinating!  The ending was everything I could hope for!
3 stars


Quotes:
"'Okay, Mom... what if it rained licorice?'"


"Moments inspiring words and actions only two people who truly loved each other could make.  Moments he didn't have to make, but he did with her."


"While standing and collecting herself, she looked around at all the other bottles, all different sizes, shapes, and colors just like the memories of our lives.  Many bottle held memories of Miriam's early child-hood, but she realized there were many bottles whispering no memory of her preteen into teenage years."

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